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2017 Kia Niro

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It's as efficient as a Prius.

It's quicker than a Prius.

The extra ground clearance will help when it snows.

What's Not So Good

All-wheel drive is not available.

Inexpensive gas makes it hard to make an economic argument for any hybrid.

Under the Hood

The Niro has a 1.6-liter gas engine supplemented by a high-voltage (240-volt) lithium-ion polymer battery pack/electric motor. The combined output is 139 horsepower.

It has a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.

Because of its more powerful battery pack/electric motor, the Niro is the quickest hybrid in this class. It can go from zero to 60 mph about three seconds quicker than a Prius C.

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